Why Are Foster Farms Plants Still Open
Can we all agree that we shouldn't allow food companies to sell tainted products?
A virulent salmonella outbreak has been linked to three Foster Farms’ chicken processing plants in central California, sickening nearly 500 people (and possibly up to 14,000) in 20 states and Puerto Rico, LA Weekly writes.
The USDA threatened to close the Fresno and Livingston, Calif. plants but decided NOT to follow through after the company met a deadline to show improvements at the facilities. The USDA also pointed fingers directly at BBQ chicken lovers, saying that since raw chicken is supposed to be cooked properly, the plants do not need to be closed.
Oh, so factory produced, processed and preserved foods aren't very good for you? Nevermind that Foster Farms is the company that airs those annoying ads with the scruffy puppet chickens who squawk about its farm fresh, safe, and all natural poultry.
As Seattle-based food-safety attorney Bill Marler, who is suing Foster Farms on behalf of a Florida salmonella victim puts it, "There's nothing natural about chicken shit on your meat."
Also, this isn't your grandmother's salmonella. According to reports, more than 40 percent have been hospitalized, about double the usual rate, as the Heidelberg strain is resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics. Additionally, 13 percent of those sickened have salmonella septicemia, a potentially deadly, whole-body inflammation.
The Los Angeles Times reported last week that the USDA, in a widely circulated letter, had cited a dozen instances this year alone in which fecal material was found on Foster Farms chicken carcasses.
“Your establishment has failed to demonstrate that it has adequate controls in place to address salmonella in your poultry products,” the letter said.
This is the second outbreak traced to the nation's 10th largest poultry producer in a year.
Are you still eating chicken?